|Editorial by NAS President Ralph Cicerone
An editorial by NAS President Ralph Cicerone will appear in the March 19 print edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. On the occasion of NAS’s 150th year of service to the nation, Cicerone discusses the missions and work of the Academy and not only its historical significance but also its value in the future.”
In other news from Knowledgespeak Newsletter, today: the Proceedings of the NAS will be stored in Portico. As an electronic archiving service provider, Portico will act as a perpetual access mechanism for this title.
Date: Jan. 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Academy Honors 13 for Major Contributions to Science
WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 13 individuals with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, economics and psychology.
The recipients for 2011 are:
“Bonnie L. Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Squibb Professor in the department of molecular biology at
To see the whole list:
Source: What’s New @ The National Academies
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September 16, 2010 — The Obama administration announced today the launch of “Change the Equation,” a new nonprofit corporation led by CEOs in an effort to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to the White House, the initiative is a response to the president’s speech at the National Academy of Sciences in April 2009 in which he urged Americans to elevate STEM education as a national priority. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Research Council have a long history of efforts to improve STEM education, including the influential 2005 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, which urged improvements in K-12 STEM education to keep the U.S. economically competitive.
August 30, 2010 — A new report from the InterAcademy Council, an organization of the world’s science academies, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, says that the process used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce its periodic assessment reports has been a success overall, but that IPCC needs to reform its management structure, strengthen its procedures, and become more transparent to handle increasingly complex climate assessments and greater public scrutiny. The report was released today at the United Nations.
- IAC website
- UN webcast
- Full report (PDF 1.57 MB)
- News release (PDF 79 KB)
- Opening Statement by Harold T. Shapiro (PDF 22 KB)
- Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Source: Sept. 13, 2010
Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey [pdf]
“Every ten years, the National Research Council (NRC) of The National Academy of Sciences produces a series of surveys related to their areas of scientific inquiry. The public release of the Astro2010 survey of astronomy and astrophysics took place on August 13, 2010, and visitors to this site can read the report and also watch the webcast from the release event. The goal of this publication is to “recommend priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010–2020.” Drawing on the expertise of scholars at Stanford University, Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and other institutions, the report is a crucial piece of work on what should be done across the board in these two branches of the physical sciences.”
From the Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Aug.27, 2010
March 27, 2009 — A new edition of On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research offers researchers — particularly early-career scientists and their mentors — guidance on how to conduct research responsibly and avoid misconduct such as fabrication and plagiarism. The guide, issued by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, includes new case studies and has been updated to reflect the emergence of electronic publishing and globalization of research.
From 27 March, 2009
Academy Honors 18 for Major Contributions to Science
Jan. 28, 2009: The NAS will honor 18 individuals in 2009 with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, social sciences, psychology, and application of science for the public good.
Source: Jan. 30, 2009